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January 26, 2000

OslerWilliam Osler: A Life in Medicine

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Michael Bliss, 600 pp, with illus, $35, ISBN 0-19-512346-8, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 1999.

JAMA. 2000;283(4):537-538. doi:10.1001/jama.283.4.537

Several years after Osler died—80 years ago last December—his student, colleague, and friend Harvey Cushing began work on The Life of Sir William Osler, an unwieldy hagiography in two volumes and 1400 pages. Since then, there has been no full, modern biography of the great man, although millions of words have been written about him, and, of course, Osler is still quoted widely, especially by those of us who labor on at the Sisyphean task of keeping the art and science of medicine together. But with the publication of this new book by Professor Michael Bliss of the University of Toronto, the physician now has an excellent, readable biography written by a true scholar of medical history who knows his man and material intimately.

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